Prewar Lionel trains are those that were manufactured between 1901 and 1941. The onset of World War II forced the company to stop production. The next batch of toy trains by Lionel were manufactured after the war in 1945.
The prewar Lionel trains are very colorful and its accessories are also complete. Some might think that prewar toys are primitive and shabby, but not Lionel trains. The models are as detailed as the present models. The tender is made of metal, the engine has nickel plates and it has operating headlights. The tender also has a whistle. Accessories include lamp posts, stop control station, and station platforms.
Prewar Lionel trains are considered collectibles, and are rare finds. There are catalogs of prewar trains with color photos of these collections. It is said that the model toy trains show a lot about the American heritage and history. For those who cannot afford to, or cannot find prewar Lionel trains, owning or browsing through a catalogue can give them a good glimpse of the wonderful world of toy trains.
To find trains under this category, novice collectors are advised to get in touch with members of the Train Collectors Association. Being in that network will lead to more contacts. It is usually through these collectors that one can find rare models. These kinds of associations also publish their own catalogues, and hold events where train enthusiasts can gather and exchange information on where the best finds are, who owns what model, and get good advice and tips on maintaining and restoring old Lionel trains without spending too much.
It is also good to visit the National toy Train Museum in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, which has one of the largest collections of toy trains and relevant materials like catalogues and manuals regarding toy trains.
Julia Mcquay wrote:
Got my LIONEL PREWAR STANDARD GAUGE TRAINS # 78-80 SIGNAL CONTROLLER SPECIAL LOCKON years ago and am really happy with it.Jenette wrote:
Got my LIONEL 158 ELECTRIC LOCO BLACK REPAINTED PREWAR O-GAUGE #X3551 some time ago and am totally pleased the transaction.Kelvin wrote:
Recently I found my Lionel Prewar- 2653 Dumping Hopper Car - Orange with Nickel Plates - Complete on eBay.Latricia Starner wrote:
Just last week my kids found my lionel 805 Pre War Box car - refinished on eBay.Ayanna wrote:
Last week my daughter found my LIONEL 150 ELECTRIC LOCO MAROON REPAINTED PREWAR O-GAUGE #X3550 on eBay.Janeth Cassinelli wrote:
Just yesterday I picked up my lionel prewar #607 pullman car at a yard sale.Lucile wrote:
Got my LIONEL TRAINS PREWAR NO. 226E LIONEL LINES STEAM LOCOMOTIVE ONLY - NO TENDER hours ago and am really happy how much it cost.Cathie Rahaim wrote:
Got my LIONEL 248 ELECTRIC LOCO RED REPAINTED PREWAR O-GAUGE #X3532 months ago and am really happy with it.Dalila Risinger wrote:
Got my LIONEL PREWAR WHISTLE TENDER 2666W months ago and am totally pleased the transaction.Latricia Starner wrote:
Just last week I found my LIONEL PREWAR # 814 AUTO/ FURNITURE BOX CAR on eBay.Denice wrote:
Got my 14 VINTAGE PREWAR STANDARD GAUGE TRAIN TRACK LIONEL IVES AMERICAN FLYER years ago and am totally pleased with the price.Magnolia wrote:
Got my LIONEL 253E ELECTRIC LOCO PEACOCK REPAINTED PREWAR O-GAUGE #X3534 weeks ago and am totally pleased how much it cost.Ermelinda Leadbetter wrote:
Recently my daughter picked up my LIONEL Pre-War Train lot at a yard sale.Cira wrote:
Recently I picked up my Rare Prewar Lionel 233 (8976) Pennsylvania Switcher with 2233B Bell Tender at a yard sale.Brian wrote:
Last week I found my LIONEL 226E LOCO SCALE DETAILED 1940 PREWAR O-GAUGE #X3555 on eBay.Nydia Delcid wrote:
Got my Rare Prewar Lionel 227 (8976) Pennsylvania Switcher with 2227B Tender, boxes months ago and am totally pleased the purchase.Danyell wrote:
Recently my kids bought my Lionel 238E locomotive "Pre War" at garage sale.Jenna wrote:
Got my LIONEL 261T TENDER MIXED TRIM TRANSITION PREWAR O-GAUGE #X3556 hours ago and am really happy how much it cost.Jenette wrote:
Got my Pre War Lionel 263E Blue Comet Locomotive & 2263w blue tender Boxes ONLY some time ago and am totally pleased with the price.Torrie wrote:
Today my son bought my 2 Lionel Railroad Crossing lights signs #154, vintage pre-war train accessory at garage sale.